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 September 24 2020

New ball-shaped Echos

Amazon Echo.

Echo. © Amazon.

Amazon announced the launch of the fourth generation of its main smart speaker, the Echo, with a new spherical design and better sound. Thanks to the AZ1 Neural Edge, a processor developed in collaboration with MediaTek, Alexa can now respond faster to queries by performing voice recognition locally, right on the machine. The new Echo will come in three colours: charcoal, chalk and steel blue, will still cost USD100 and will ship as of 22 October. Pre-ordering is already available on Amazon. The standard Echo is joined by the Echo Dot, which is also ball-shaped, and which also stays at USD50. Not to mention the clock display version, for USD60, which could make a great bedside companion, and an Echo Dot Kids model for USD60, with cute animal faces (tiger or panda).

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition.

Engadget, Devindra Hardawar, “Amazon’s latest Echo speaker has an all-new spherical design.”

 

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